As women destined for greatness, we have to manage our finances in a way that empowers our lives, brings us joy, and enriches our souls. The first step on this journey to greatness begins with self-reflection and a decision to no longer be broke.
Last week, a massive, steaming heap of a bill made up of what amounts to nearly a year's worth of legislation, along with other garbage in the form of riders that were too noxious to pass on their own, was jammed through Congress under the guise of keeping the government open.
Negotiators from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are in Washington this week for a new round of talks which they hope will lead them closer to agreement on the trade deal. President Obama has called passage of TPP a "high priority."
Too many of our political leaders remain wedded to obsolete ideologies and anxieties, caught up on partisan gamesmanship, oblivious to the new reality bearing down on us. There should be only one goal -- to make the new technologies work effectively for everyone, not just a few at the top.
Geared towards what seems to be an uncertain landscape for the country, Colombia continues to prove to be a fragile economy, with serious structural complications in its core and what some may classify as an irresponsible fiscal policy.
True, the CRomnibus, the nickname of the bill to fund the federal government through next September, runs to over 1,600 pages. But I suspect most readers will associate the "m" word with massive amounts of government spending, and that's just plain wrong.
For the next two years we will see Republicans do everything they can to deliver for corporate America at the expense of the American people. The only question is whether Democrats will enable them. Will President Obama continue to make compromise after compromise?
Errors in the CTC and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) -- another working-family tax credit -- need to be reduced (as do errors related to small businesses and various other groups of tax filers). But the debate around this issue often is misleading and ignores three significant points.
While you may know the basics to sticking within your budget -- not overdoing it with over-the-top florals or spending 40 percent of your total budget on a dress, for example -- there are some less obvious ways that you may be racking up costs without even realizing it.
It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.
Do you deny yourself even small treats to try and balance your unsustainable budget, which is often supplemented from a credit card or by siphoning off home equity? Did you know that all of these are signs of being chronically indebted?
Holiday prep, whether it's buying gifts, trimming the tree, or preparing the feast, requires planning and some serious budgeting. It's typically the most expensive season for Americans, and one category that can quickly derail a budget is consumer electronics.
Yes, apparently that's a new word now: "cromnibus." Now, some, editorially-speaking, have been insisting on "CRomnibus" or "Cromnibus," but for the time being here, we've decided that it doesn't qualify for proper-name status in any way.
If the Republican leadership can sell it to enough of its members, it could be a way out of the perpetual crisis machine that the budget has become. By separating the politics from the actual real-world results, it allows both factions of the Republican Party to get what they want.
We all care about women's lives, and PEPFAR under President Bush and President Obama has vastly improved the health of women and their families, while building vital healthcare system infrastructure. Let's continue the success, without being undermined by the Global Gag Rule.